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Cityscape Our Christchurch
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Whether you’re pro-restoration or keen to see something new up in its place, it’s hard to go past the currently deconsecrated church when handing out awards for the city’s most prominent landmark, well known building, and most enduring symbol. Knocked up over forty years (40!) between 1864 and 1904, it was the initial brainchild of the earnest colonial gentlemen of the Canterbury Association, and designed by the prolific British architect George Gilbert Scott (who, letting his drawings do the talking, never actually set foot in the city). Local legend Benjamin Mountfort also did some tinkering when he began supervising the project in 1873. Earthquakes are nothing new for the building – they took multiple damaging swings at it in 1881, 1888, 1901, 1922 and of course, September 2010, and although the building lost the top of its steeple a couple of times, it soldiered on as a symbol of the...
Cityscape Our Christchurch
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Mark the three year anniversary of the February 22 earthquakes and pay your respects by attending one, or more, of the following services and events this Saturday: Held on the Archery Lawn at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens from noon, the Civic Memorial Service includes an address by Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel and one minute’s silence at 12.51pm. River of Flowers Drop a flower into the Avon, Heathcote and Liffey rivers and the estuary at one of 16 sites and write a message on a tree of hope. Mitre 10 Mega A Run to Remember Run, remember and raise funds for the Canterbury Earthquake Children’s Trust on the 12km Mitre 10 Mega A Run to Remember from Victoria Park to Hansen Park. Where: Victoria Park, 9am start Cost: $15 for adults, $10 for children under 16. Memorial Service at the Transitional CathedralJoin the very reverend Lynda Patterson, dean of ChristChurch Cathedral from 5.30 – 6pm in a service...
Cityscape Eating & Drinking
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Pure Café Co in Christchurch is marking the 3rd anniversary of the Christchurch earthquake of February 22nd 2011 with a limited edition Clean Quake Cookie, with all proceeds from the sale of the product being donated to The Red Cross Disaster Relief Emergency Fund. The Pure Café Co team say that they felt that it was important to remember the quake anniversary in their own way – remembering those who were lost, but also celebrating how far we've come and the strength and tenacity Cantabrians have had in pushing themselves through these last few years. In keeping with the Pure healthy food philosophy, which doesn’t rely on the use of sugar, additives, preservatives & trans fats (or anything processed, essentially) to provide taste, the Clean Quake Cookie is constructed from fuel that is sustaining and replenishing, fitting fuel for Cantrabrians who have kept on keeping on. The cookie has no numbers,...
Cityscape Our Christchurch
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Here in Christchurch, 22 February is not a date that we’ll ever forget. Two years on from that momentous day in 2011, the city is blossoming with new developments and looking to the future with growing positivity, but today we’ll take time to reflect on what was and remember those that were lost. To mark the day, there’ll be a Civic Memorial Service in North Hagley Park from 12pm to 1:30pm, including the reading of the names of the 185 victims and two minutes’ silence at the moment the earthquake struck, 12:51pm. The Christchurch Earthquake Awards will be held in North Hagley Park from 2pm to 4pm. For your own, personal, reflection on the day, you might like to take part in the River of Flowers. From 8am till 8pm today, people are invited to drop flowers into the Avon and Heathcote Rivers, and the Estuary, at various sites around the...
Cityscape Fav Places
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Have you been to Cathedral Square lately? The Cathedral Square Walkway opened last weekend, giving locals a chance to return to the spiritual heart of their much-loved city. It’s an experience that is heart-rending for many, but the opportunity to come to terms with the devastation of Christchurch is hugely important. The walkway is open from 9am till 8pm on weekends until Sunday 11 December 2011. The walkway is accessible from the intersection of Colombo Street and Cashel Mall, and up to 300 people can enter the walkway each hour. It’s important to remember that although precautions have been taken, the area is still dangerous so entrance to the walkway is at your own risk. You must adhere to the following guidelines: • Stay within the fences. • Maximum visit duration is 50 minutes – the walkway is cleared on the hour. • You must leave when asked. • No pets...
Cityscape Inside Word
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Once again, Christchurch proves itself to be a world-leading innovator! The Christchurch City Council has been recognised with an international award for its Share an Idea campaign seeking community engagement campaign following the Christchurch earthquake in February. The Share an Idea campaign, in which Christchurch locals were invited to contribute their views on how the central city of Christchurch should be redeveloped, was the ‘unanimous overall winner’ of this year’s Co-creation Award by the Netherlands-based Co-Creation Association. Recognising and celebrating the most original and successful co-creation initiatives around the world, the Co-creation Award has never before been given to an initiative outside Europe, so it’s major kudos for Christchurch. Mayor Bob Parker says it is great recognition of the work by Council in the months following the earthquake: “Share an Idea was designed not only to collect and process the best ideas from our people, it was also designed to replace...